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Vatican Museums loan Leonardo da Vinci work for special anniversary

WASHINGTON – The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is marking the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci with a painting by the artist that will draw crowds but also pay solemn tribute to the larger-than-life Italian Renaissance painter, architect and inventor.

‘Dangerous’ bill on seal of confession withdrawn before key hearing

LOS ANGELES – In a last-minute twist, a California bill that would have required priests to break the sacramental seal of confession was shelved by its sponsor amid a remarkable grassroots campaign mounted by the state’s Catholics, members of other faith groups, and religious liberty advocates from across the country.

U.S. State Department honors nun as anti-trafficking ‘hero’

WASHINGTON – Honored as one of the U.S. State Department’s “heroes” in combatting human trafficking, Comboni Sister Gabriella Bottani urged action to fight the situations that make people, especially women and children, vulnerable to trafficking.

U.S. bishops take action to respond to church abuse crisis

BALTIMORE – During the June 11–13 spring assembly of the U.S. bishops in Baltimore, it was clear the bishops had to respond to the sexual abuse crisis in the church — and on the last day of their gathering they approved a series of procedures to begin this process.